CentOS 7.0 - man page for e4defrag (centos section 8)
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e4defrag - online defragmenter for ext4 filesystem
e4defrag [ -c ] [ -v ] target ...
e4defrag reduces fragmentation of extent based file. The file targeted by e4defrag is cre-
ated on ext4 filesystem made with "-O extent" option (see mke2fs(8)). The targeted file
gets more contiguous blocks and improves the file access speed.
target is a regular file, a directory, or a device that is mounted as ext4 filesystem. If
target is a directory, e4defrag reduces fragmentation of all files in it. If target is a
device, e4defrag gets the mount point of it and reduces fragmentation of all files in this
-c Get a current fragmentation count and an ideal fragmentation count, and calculate
fragmentation score based on them. By seeing this score, we can determine whether
we should execute e4defrag to target. When used with -v option, the current frag-
mentation count and the ideal fragmentation count are printed for each file.
Also this option outputs the average data size in one extent. If you see it, you'll
find the file has ideal extents or not. Note that the maximum extent size is
131072KB in ext4 filesystem (if block size is 4KB).
If this option is specified, target is never defragmented.
-v Print error messages and the fragmentation count before and after defrag for each
e4defrag does not support swap file, files in lost+found directory, and files allocated in
indirect blocks. When target is a device or a mount point, e4defrag doesn't defragment
files in mount point of other device.
Non-privileged users can execute e4defrag to their own file, but the score is not printed
if -c option is specified. Therefore, it is desirable to be executed by root user.
Written by Akira Fujita <firstname.lastname@example.org> and Takashi Sato <email@example.com>.
e4defrag version 2.0 May 2009 E4DEFRAG(8)
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